Editor's Note (4/2/2014): This is an April Fools' article. This is meant to be nothing more than a joke. This in no way represents the current plans of Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft.
It's no secret that Nintendo's newest console, the Wii U, has seen its fair share of struggles. With news that Nintendo is predicting a net loss for the fiscal year, the company is making a dramatic change to its distribution strategy. In the newest Nintendo Direct, the Japanese video game giant announced Next Super Mario Bros., a fully "next-gen" Mario game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
This is the first Nintendo title to ever be released on a Sony or Microsoft platform, leading some to wonder if Nintendo will abandon the home console business all together. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata explained the company's decision, stating:
At the end of the day, we couldn't ignore our competitors any longer. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will allow us to make the Mario game of our dreams. The ability to include subtle details, including stitches on Toad's diaper, allows Mario to feel more real than ever before. We no longer want to be seen as ignorant to the current gaming trends. It is time for Nintendo to acknowledge its past mistakes and begin an even brighter future.
Next Super Mario Bros. will include high-level particle physics, dynamic lighting effects, and online co-op functionality. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the goal of Next Super Mario Bros. is "to be the most beautiful 2-D platformer of all time."
Does this mean Nintendo is the new SEGA? Is a Rated-M Yoshi game coming in the near future? We can only speculate, but one thing is for sure, the landscape of gaming will never be the same.